Secure Messaging Authentication Ceremonies Are Broken

Amir Herzberg, Hemi Leibowitz, Kent Seamons, Elham Vaziripour, Justin Wu, Daniel Zappala

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People who use secure messaging apps are vulnerable to a hacked or malicious server unless they manually complete an authentication ceremony. In this article, we describe the usability challenges of the authentication ceremony and research to improve it. We conclude with recommendations for service providers and directions for research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9303352
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

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